bitt

/bit/, Naut.
n.
1. Also called bollard. a strong post of wood or iron projecting, usually in pairs, above the deck of a ship, used for securing cables, lines for towing, etc.
v.t.
2. to wrap (a cable) around a bitt to secure it.
[ME, perh. < D or LG; cf. D, LG beting, in same sense, akin to MHG bizze wooden peg, ON biti crossbeam]

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  • Bitt — Bitt, v. t. [See {Bitts}.] (Naut.) To put round the bitts; as, to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to slacken it gradually, which is called veering away. Totten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bitt — Bitt, n. (Naut.) See {Bitts}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bitt — [bit] n. [< ON biti, crossbeam] any of the strong deck posts, usually in pairs, around which ropes or cables are wound and held fast, as in mooring: cf. BOLLARD (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • bitt — bab·bitt·er; bab·bitt·ism; bab·bitt·ry; bitt; un·bitt; bab·bitt; bab·bitt·i·cal; …   English syllables

  • bitt — I noun a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines) the road was closed to vehicular traffic with bollards • Syn: ↑bollard • Topics: ↑ship • Hypernyms: ↑post …   Useful english dictionary

  • bitt — I. noun Etymology: probably from Middle French bitte, ultimately from Old Norse biti beam Date: 1593 1. a post or pair of posts fixed on the deck of a ship for securing lines 2. bollard 1 II. transitive verb Date: 1769 to make (a cable) fast… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bitt — 1. verb To put round the bitts; as, to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to slacken it gradually, which is called veering away. 2. noun A bollard …   Wiktionary

  • bitt — [[t]bɪt[/t]] n. 1) naut. navig. a strong post projecting above the deck of a ship 2) naut. to secure (a cable) around a bitt • Etymology: ME …   From formal English to slang

  • bitt — 1. pres 3rd sing of biddan; 2. pres 3rd sing of beodan; 2. see bytt …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • bítt — pres 3rd sing of bítan …   Old to modern English dictionary

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